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Dover Express: 20 March 1868 - report of Ingram Willis mistreating his wife, Susannah

Dover Express

20 March 1868


SATURDAY - [Before J C Ottaway and Stein, Esqs)

ILL-TREATING A WIFE. Ingram Willis, a man in the employ of the London, Chatham, and Dover Railway Company, was charged with ill-treating his wife, whereby she went in bodily fear.

A summons had been returnable for the previous day, but the defendant did not respond to it, and he was not brought up in custody, having been apprehended by the police.

The wife, a respectable-looking young woman, on being asked if she still desired to prosecute the charge, replied in the affirmative. She was then sworn, when she said her name was Susannah Willis. She and her husband had two young children, and they lived in Buckland. The defendant had treated her with systematic cruelty for some time past, and on Monday, upon a dispute arising with respect to some domestic matter, he followed her into another room, and thrashed her, giving her a black eye. She attributed his unkindness in some measure to a feeling of annoyance on his part in consequence of her having some property in her own right, but she had supplied his wants out of this money, and had applied it in other ways for the benefit of the family. She did not give him un reserved possession of it, because she believed that if she did so he would dissipate it in drunkenness. Since the assault the defendant had threatened her, and she was persuaded that she could never live peaceably with him.

The Magistrates observed that they had no power to order a separation. This could only be accomplished by mutual consent.

In reply to a question suggested by the Bench, the complainant said she went in bodily fear of her husband, and desired that he might be bound over to keep the peace. The defendant had nothing to say, except that his wife was times very aggravating. He did not deny the assault, but promised that if his wife would overlook the matter now, he would behave better to her in future.

The complainant did not show any signs of relenting, and the Magistrates therefore called on the defendant to find two sureties to keep the peace. In default, imprisonment for two calendar months.

The defendant said he was not provided with sureties, but would send for them.

There was a second charge of drunkenness and disorderly conduct against the defendant, but as this arose out of the circumstances of the case just disposed o, the charge was not pressed against him.

Linked toSusannah BURCHETT; Ingram WILLIS

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